Are you looking for a way to connect with other local business owners and professionals? Do you want to be part of a group that supports the local community and its economy? If so, you might be interested in joining BRBN (Bayside Redland Business Network), a not-for-profit referral group that operates in the Bayside and Redland areas.
What Does “Not-for-Profit” Mean?
A not-for-profit organisation is an organisation that does not operate for the purpose of making a profit. Instead, it uses its income and assets to pursue its mission and goals, which are usually related to social, environmental, or cultural causes.
Not-for-profit organisations differ from for-profit businesses in several ways. For example, not-for-profit organisations do not have shareholders or owners who receive dividends or profits from the organisation's activities. Instead, they have members or stakeholders who are involved in the governance and decision-making of the organisation.
BRBN is committed to being a not-for-profit referral group. This means that any funds raised from membership fees and fines raised over and above the costs of running the group are given back to the community. BRBN’s main objective is not to generate income, but to provide value and benefit to its members and support the local community.
BRBN’s Mission and Values
BRBN’s mission is to create a network of trusted and reliable local businesses that can refer each other to their customers and clients. BRBN’s vision is to become the leading referral group in the Bayside and Redland areas, with a reputation for excellence and integrity.
BRBN’s values are based on four principles: trust, quality, professionalism, and community. These values guide BRBN’s activities and interactions with its members and the public. BRBN strives to:
Build trust among its members by fostering honest and respectful communication.
Promote quality by ensuring that its members deliver high standards of service and products.
Maintain professionalism by adhering to ethical and legal practices in business conduct.
Support community by contributing to local causes and initiatives that benefit the society and environment.
BRBN also has a charitable goal of raising funds for local charities every year. Some of the groups BRBN have chosen to support in the past include
- Bayside Boarding Inc (BABI)
- Redlands Centre for Women
- Night Ninjas
- Redlands Community Centre
- The Cage Youth Foundation
- Bayside Women in Business
- Redland Rhapsody Chorus
- Volunteer Marine Rescue - Victoria Point
- Redlands Museum
- Point View Restuarant - First Aid Supplies
- Southern Bay Cyclones Rugby Club
- Bay-FM Community Radio
- Crime Stoppers
- Women's Own Network
- Spirit of the Dragonfly
How BRBN Benefits the Local Community
BRBN contributes to the local community in several tangible ways. Here are some examples of how BRBN makes a difference in the Bayside and Redland areas:
BRBN facilitates business connections among local entrepreneurs. By joining BRBN, members can access a network of local businesses from various industries and sectors. These businesses can refer each other to their existing customers and clients, as well as generate new leads and opportunities through word-of-mouth marketing. This way, BRBN helps local businesses grow their customer base and increase their sales.
BRBN supports local economic growth and job creation. By helping local businesses succeed, BRBN also helps boost the local economy. When local businesses thrive, they can create more jobs for local residents, invest more in their infrastructure and equipment, and pay more taxes to the local government. This way, BRBN helps create a positive cycle of economic development in the Bayside and Redland areas.
BRBN engages in community outreach and charity initiatives. As mentioned earlier, BRBN has a charitable goal of supporting local charities every year. BRBN members are encouraged to participate in various community events and activities that aim to improve the quality of life of local residents.
Supporting Local Businesses
One of the main benefits of joining BRBN is being part of a referral network that supports local businesses. Referrals are one of the most effective ways of generating new customers and clients for any business. According to a study by 92% of consumers trust recommendations from people they know, and 77% of consumers are more likely to buy a new product or service when learning about it from friends or family.
BRBN’s referral network works by allowing members to exchange referrals among themselves. Each member belongs to a specific category of business, such as accounting, plumbing, photography, or landscaping. Members can refer their customers and clients to other members who offer complementary or related services or products. For example, a member who is a real estate agent can refer their clients who are looking to buy or sell a property to another member who is a conveyancer. Similarly, a member who is a dentist can refer their patients who need braces or implants to another member who is an orthodontist.
By exchanging referrals within the group, members can benefit from:
- Increased exposure and visibility for their businesses.
- Increased trust and credibility among their customers and clients.
- Increased customer loyalty and retention.
- Increased revenue and profitability.
- Strengthening Local Relationships
Another benefit of joining BRBN is being able to strengthen professional relationships within the community. Relationships are the foundation of any successful business. By building strong relationships with other local business owners and professionals, members can:
- Learn from each other’s experiences and expertise.
- Share ideas and insights on how to improve their businesses.
- Collaborate on projects and initiatives that can benefit both parties.
- Support each other in times of challenge or crisis.
BRBN helps members build strong relationships by providing regular opportunities for networking and socialising. BRBN holds weekly meetings where members can introduce themselves, showcase their businesses, give testimonials, and exchange referrals. BRBN also organises social events where members can mingle and get to know each other better.
BRBN is more than just a referral group. It is a community of like-minded business owners and professionals who share a common vision of supporting each other and the local community. By joining BRBN, you can enjoy the benefits of being part of this community and make a difference in the Bayside and Redland areas.
If you are interested in joining or supporting BRBN, here are some ways you can get involved:
- Visit BRBN’s website at www.brbn.org.au to learn more about the group and its members
- Follow BRBN on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/baysideredlandbusinessnetwork to stay updated on the latest news and events.
- Attend one of BRBN’s weekly meetings as a guest to experience the group firsthand.
Thank you for reading this article and learning more about BRBN and its mission. We hope that this article has shed some light on the positive impact of not-for-profit referral groups like BRBN in the local community.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings or events soon!